Reminder: New literary agents (with this spotlight featuring Myrsini Stephanides of the Carol Mann Agency) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.
About Myrsini: She has 10 years of experience as a nonfiction editor and book packager specializing in highly illustrated books. Most recently, she worked as an Acquisition Editor at Sterling Publishing, where she developed the pop/culture and music category with titles including Woodstock: Three Days That Rocked the World, Canyon of Dreams: The Magic and the Music of Laurel Canyon, The British Invasion, and Record Store Days. Myrsini was the editor of the Weird travel series (Sterling), senior editor of The Duke Encyclopedia of New Medicine: Conventional and Alternative Medicine for All Ages (Rodale, 2006) and developmental/series editor of the first three books in the Men’s Health Best series (Rodale 2005). She has also collaborated on projects with The Smithsonian, Archaeology magazine and YANKEE Magazine and was a contributing writer to the fifth edition of the Hammond World Atlas (Langenscheidt, 2007).
Nonfiction areas of interest: pop culture and music, humor, narrative nonfiction and memoir, cookbooks.
Fiction areas of interest: offbeat literary fiction, graphic works, and edgy YA fiction. Can fiction be offbeat and commercial? She thinks it can. She is NOT looking for: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Romance (adult); MG (middle grade) fiction
How to contact: For fiction, paste the first 10-15 pages of your manuscript into the body of your e-mail. Please e-mail your query letters to myrsini (at) carolmannagency (dot) com. If your query has a graphic component, attach it to your email as a low-res PDF or JPG.
Tips: Myrsini futher delves into what she wants and doesn't want on the CMA website. "Hook me with your query and keep me hooked with your proposal. If you’d like to connect via the magic of social networking, you can follow me on twitter or check out Goodreads to see what I’m reading now."
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